I am so thankful for my husband! I always realize just how much during times like right now, when he is gone for weeks and I have to try and
He did a lovely job and had even surprised me with a new heather grey Christmas nightgown of my own (we always give the kids new pajamas on Christmas Eve) which is so comfy and cozy! We were able to sleep for a couple hours before we started hearing the pitter patter of lots of little feet skipping, hopping, and running down the hallway, while whispering "Should we wake them up?" "No, not yet! They will wake up soon!" and lots of "Merry CHRISTMAS! It's Christmas!!" Around 7am, or so, we finally got up and headed
straight for the coffee pot out to the family room!
.: Stockings :.
|Holy Family Stockings for the Boys and Angels for the Girls|
This year I didn't buy much candy for the stockings, but they were all filled with lots of fun little gifts. Actually many of these items would make great Easter Basket fillers as well! (Can you believe that Easter is only 2 1/2 months away? It falls on March 31st this year!) I collect these gifts throughout the year, when I run across good sales, which makes it much easier to fill so many stockings! Here is a peek at what the kids discovered this year...
We are very selective with the movies that we allow our children to watch, and we have never had TV reception, but we do have a Wii. It was actually my birthday gift one year! I especially love that it is a great way to get the kids to burn off some energy when the weather is too bad to play outside. We don't purchase many games, and the boys didn't even know that there was a new Lord of the Rings game... Can you tell how excited the big boys were when they discovered it in one of the stockings? (It was another Black Friday deal we found online!) *One of the requirements was that they listen/read the book before playing the game and that the younger children are not to watch them play.
And thanks to all the wonderful suggestions, they also found a couple audio books (Swallows and Amazons and The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings), books (Snow Treasure, Scramble! Tales of the RAF Bk 1, and The Good Master), in addition to dwarf hoods, a few new mini-figures, and a gift card to Yogurt Hut which we ended up using last night!
Twinkle Toes discovered the Anne of Green Gables audio, the Calico Critter Furbanks Squirrel Family, The Thirteen Days of Christmas, a pretty pink watch, a Swedish "St. Lucia" Doll, and some Burt's Bees Lip Balms.
Chiquita found the Little House in the Big Woods/Little House on the Prairie audio book, the Calico Critter Pickleweeds Hedgehog Family, The Family Under the Bridge, a North America "St. Kateri" doll, new journal, pretty hair clips, and a Yogurt Hut Gift Card.
Rose discovered some pretty pink-uh pajamas, Cat Chat: A Christmas to Remember, Calico Critters Wilder Panda Family, Pink Rose Fairy Pocket Playsilk, pink Butterfly Wings, and a Scheilch Lamb and Sheep.
As for Snuggles... He was so excited to find a some little lego sets, to go along with the Alphabet Path: D is for Dino, E is for Elephant, F is for Fire Engine, G is for Giraffe. He also received a couple Mini-Figures, Miguel Pro CD, Ferdinand Train, and a few Cars.
Bud found another board book, fabric book, socks, and bath Toys.
We exchanged our Christkindl gifts before moving on to the rest of the Christmas gifts under the tree!
.: Gifts for Captain and Rascal :.
Lego's were the theme this year for the big boys! They can hardly believe that there was a time that they were not interested in Legos, and preferred Playmobil. It helped that they found a few themes that they especially love! We got each of them three sets. Captain received Seaside House (Creator), Barrel Escape (Hobbit), and the Sopwith Camel! Rascal received the Lighthouse Island, An Unexpected Gathering, and Helm's Deep (Lord of the Rings). All of the sets, except for Captain's Sopwith Camel have already been assembled!
I'm still working on a system for storing the boy's legos, and am hoping to hang a few more wall shelves in their bedroom soon. Usually the top of their dresser is covered with their creations and others are displayed on their bookcase. The rest are in boxes in the closet. I love Charlotte's Lego Trays, but my boys have under bed drawers, otherwise I would have made some by now!
.: Gifts for Twinkle Toes and Chiquita :.
For the girls we knew we couldn't go wrong with American Girl gifts, especially since their History study has revolved around these sweet historical dolls. They each received a couple craft kits: Josefina's Memory Box Kit, Kaya's Weave and Tie Bracelet Kit, Kit's Fabric Flower Kit, and Felicity's Embroidered Pillow Kit. I ordered Chiquita a Josefina outfit and Twinkle Toes a dress like Caroline's. And they were absolutely thrilled to find Caroline, Kaya (St. Kateri was canonized this past year after all!) and even Rose received a Just Like Me dolly, who she calls "Me-uh!" I think we'll name her Mia!
.: Gifts for Snuggles :.
The big boys saved and purchased a special gift for their younger brother. He was thrilled! He was also given a Dragon Knights Castle in addition to this Knights Lego Set.
.: Gifts for Rose :.
In addition to her new doll, Rose also received the Grimm's Wooden Fairy Tale Village! I've been wanting to buy this for a long time, and finally found an amazing sale on it last fall. I never did have a chance to finish the handmade gift I am making for her, so her third gift ended up being a sweet little Red Riding Hood Cloak that I had stashed away for next year's birthday... I'm considering a Little Red Riding Hood or Fairy Tale theme of some sort!
.: Gifts for Bud :.
I love Bud's new chair and so do all the kids!
Eventually I would love to get a second, or even a third...
He was quite captivated by his new block set and stacking birds, and he enjoyed climbing on his new box of books...
|Bud enjoying the gifts from his godparents!|
|Opening gifts from Grandpa and Grandma|